INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – No. 2-seed Vanguard downed No. 6-seed Biola at the scenic Indian Wells Tennis Center on Wednesday afternoon. The Lions were nearly as picturesque as their backdrop, defeating the Eagles, 5-0, in the first round of the Golden State Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Championship Tournament.
Nina Pudar and Gabriele Alford put Biola's No. 2 duo of Alisha Hansen and Olivia Koelsch away, 8-4, to open the match for the Pride. Vanguard's Melanie Parker and her doubles' partner, Anita Taranto, were not far behind, taking down Lauren Vogel and Paige Erickson, 8-3, in the third pairing to give Vanguard a 2-0 advantage in the match. The Blue and Gold's No. 1 squad, Juliet Labarthe and Michaele Sullivan, completed the doubles' sweep with their 8-3 defeat of Biola's Susan Carmichael and Kathryn Ashford.
With just two needed to secure the first round victory, the Lions were not only competitive with the Eagles, but with themselves, as they all wanted to contribute in the first-to-five contest.
In the end, No. 2 Pudar (6-0, 6-0) and No. 1 Labarthe (6-0, 6-0) prevailed, in that order, to earn Vanguard a trip to the semifinals.
Sullivan, Alford, Parker and Taranto led in their respective slots when the match was called.
Second-seeded Concordia is Vanguard's next obstacle. The Lions and the Concordia Eagles will square off at noon on Thursday.